The literature of sports has, over the last four decades, changed substantially in quantitative and qualitative measure. The space devoted to sports has expanded on the more traditional fronts, such as reportage, high journalism, and hagiography, while also developing among the more postmodern genres, including celebrity fetish gossip and business sentiment analysis. In academic and public intellectual writing on sports, the more anodyne forms of narrative history and functionalist sociology have progressively been supplemented and challenged by a more critical oeuvre. This work has been dedicated to the task of de-naturalizing sports shibboleths, re-framing the sports gaze, disinterring its darkest and most repressed secrets, and enunciating its suppressed histories.
Theory & Event: an Online Journal of Political Theory Vol. 6, Issue 1